Three Skulls Blood Orange Wit
Northwest Brewing Company

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #555
Ranked #40,218
3.42 | pDev: 9.36%
Northwest Brewing Company
Washington, United States
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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a single-serve bottle into a wheat beer glass.

Pours an orange tinged hazy gold. Very little head or retention of what was there, which is pretty disappointing for the style, which normally features a fine rocky head when done right. The carbonation is good and strong nevertheless, but the bubbles seem awfully large. A mixed bag of good and not so on appearances.

The aroma is fine and refreshing. The expected estery fruitiness is somewhat muted and replaced with a pretty good citrus bitterness-but not like an IPA. It's a very reserved acidity. The overall aroma is fine, but pretty muted.

The flavor is closer to classic wit, with plenty of estery banana, coriander, and then the orange citrus, which is nice and acidic but not overpowering. The restraint with the orange is appreciated, but the blood orange is still definitely there. The overall flavor is solid, if unremarkable.

The mouthfeel is the best part of the beer. Very crisp and pleasingly dry (but not bitter) at the finish. A little heavier than expected for the style, but not offputting.

Overall, this is a solid wit in its own right (I would like to taste the base brew, because it seems decent) and it is better than most fruited wits I've tried. I probably won't buy again, but I'm glad I finally tried it.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange gold with a thin white head. Smells of orange, other citrus, and wheat. Tastes of oranges and wheat. Medium in body and carbonation. Overall it's a decent witbier that benefits from the added fruits.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

even though everyone is doing the blood orange thing right now, i like this beer, and i like it being a wit instead of a pale or an ipa, which is so overdone now i am not even interested anymore. the base wit is nice, light and crisp and well carbonated with a little bit of body from the wheat. the blood orange adds a cool element or two, some juicy pulpy fresh citrus sweetness, but also a little tangy tart acidity, seems like both peel and flesh in here, best of both worlds. its potently dosed too, sort of leading the flavor charge here just behind the wit yeast. notes of lemongrass and white pepper here from the yeast, fresh white wheat malt, and the citrus mostly in the finish. its a neat summery complexion and it drinks really easy for not being all that dry. i think it is definitely true that these guys dont get enough credit. sure, a lot of their beer is fruited, has gimmicky names and packaging, and doesnt ever sell well when it comes to colorado, but they make some quality suds and this is definitely a good summer beer if you like the fruit.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This review is from notes obtained while camping. I poured the beer into a clear plastic cup from a 22 ounce bomber. The head from a medium pour is pretty minimal, but with large bubbles of carbonation. The beer is a burnt orange color and quite hazy.

The aroma is lightly pungent, with a good deal of citrus. The flavor is not overtly orange-y, and has a fair amount of earthy bitterness with a touch of funk. A note of orange tartness is apparent, particularly in the aftertaste. The body is light but frothy.

This is drinkable, but the citrus could be played up a bit more. As it is, it's a touch bland.

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Photo of Auraan
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy orange body with no head. Overall impression of appearance is of a glass of Tang, it really does give that impression. Scents of coriander, clove, white pepper, a medium-light aroma of orange is also present along with soft grainy malt and a hint of tangy wheat. Overall impression of aroma is of an alright witbier, nothing amazing, with the blood orange taking a very small role. Flavor begins softly sweet with notes of soft malt mingling with a light orange flavor and hints of coriander and clove. Middle opens up further flavors of orange, but the orange is Tang-like, with supporting flavors of tangy wheat and white pepper. Finish is medium-dry with notes of coriander, softly sweet malt, tangy, grainy wheat and light orange. Aftertaste is grainy malt and bready wheat. Overall impression of flavor is of a typical, very boring witbier with just a touch of orange adding a little bit of flavor, but not much. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation and a smooth, creamy feel. Overall impression of flavor is of typical witbier. Overall this is simply a witbier. It does nothing amazing for the style, and even amongst other witbiers it comes across as boring. It is not terrible, but it is very boring, and the blood orange does little to help.

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Photo of mactrail
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Attractive orange-tinged amber color in the Ciney snifter with a modest foamy cap. Quite aromatic but hard to identify. A little sticky even though the body is light.

Malty and wheaty. I guess it does taste slightly citrusy, though blood orange is an unusual taste that is not as "orangey" as its relatives. Something gummy and woody. Rather bitter with a citrus peel taste. It's the maltier sort of Wit, and perhaps less refreshing than the typical sharper examples.

Not bad for a flavored Witbier. It manages to keep the light toasty taste along with the fruity tang and hint of lemon. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Washington.

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Three Skulls Blood Orange Wit from Northwest Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 15 ratings